Värnamo Hospital

Värnamo Hospital

The tough working environment of the surgical and intensive care unit requires a lot of the architecture that houses it. It must provide the conditions for staff to be able to save lives safely and efficiently. But it must also provide an environment that facilitates patients’ recovery from life-threatening conditions and comforts loved ones at some of life’s most difficult moments.

White has been working with a development plan and on a number of renovation and construction projects at Värnamo Hospital for several years. Of these projects, the new surgical and intensive care unit is the biggest.


The new surgical and intensive care unit provides new premises integrated into the 1970s hospital structure and the surrounding green areas. The exterior has been inspired by the existing buildings and their solid brick facades with vertical and horizontal slits filled with glass and aluminium.

Client: Regionfastigheter Jönköpings län
Location: Värnamo, Sweden
Status: Completed in 2019
Area: 12,000 square metres
Photo: Bert Leandersson

Architecture as a natural part of the healing process

The design of the interior is based on the latest findings on the importance of the space for the patient, and the entire unit has been planned using evidence-based design. White’s architects, landscape architects, and lighting designers have worked together across their fields to ensure good navigability, attractive views across greenery, and ample natural light wherever people spend time. These are three qualities that we know do people good and also contribute to both a good environment for recovery and a good work environment.


The operating rooms have been located in the facade and the staff room by an inner courtyard with an outdoor area. The intensive care unit is modular, each module consisting of two patient rooms and a monitoring station in between. This balance gives the patient and their relatives privacy while reducing the spread of infection and giving staff a good overview with an adequate staff-to-patient ratio.

We’ve built on the existing architecture to create a light and green environment that facilitates patients’ recovery and alleviates stresses and strains on staff.
Anders Medin, Lead Architect

It’s especially important that patients in intensive care have a calm and peaceful environment that facilitates their recovery, so this is a key element in the design of the rooms. Environments full of visual and auditory disturbances risk causing hallucinations and delirium in patients who oscillate in and out of consciousness. This is why the patient rooms are separated on the ground floor and boast generous windows and outdoor spaces so that the beds can be rolled out into the fresh air.


This provides contact with the world beyond the closed ward environment and the opportunity to witness the passage of time through changing light during the day, which is hugely important for well-being. The green inner courtyards are an important element of the original architecture and are a feature that lives on in the new structure. Each courtyard has its own character and features individually designed works of art that give patients, staff, and relatives the opportunity for a moment of respite.

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